I was skeptical of Bowie Nature Park after a so-so experience on the Horseshoe trail, but I am so glad I gave this trail a try! I started out on the Lake Van trail which is very scenic but the terrain is quite uneven with a lot of tree roots to step over. I then connected to the Loblolly trail- very wide and even with some of the biggest loblolly pines I've ever seen. The Twin Lakes Loop trail took me to Lake Byrd and Lake Anna, small but very peaceful bodies of water with picnic shelters near by. I was struck by the contrast between the more wooded Lake Byrd and the openshore of Lake Anna. I took the Sycamore Springs trail which took me past its namesake spring with a tiny waterfall, the sound of which is louder than you might expect from such a small creek running parallel to the trail for a bit. I linked up with the Perimeter trail to return to the parking lot, and that last hill is quite steep to finish strong! I got a great overview of what Bowie Nature Park has to offer, and I will definitely return again for more. I also noted that this park felt exceptionally safe despite being rather isolated for stretches, and I, like other women I saw along the way, was comfortable being on my own here.

hiking
1 month ago

My biggest frustration was locating the trailhead which is in the back of the parking lot next to the nature center. While there are signs along the trail that indicate which direction to go, there are many points that paths intersect and the signs don't tell you which trail is which. There are great ravines to cross through under the tall canopy of the forest. Unfortunately, this trail comes within sight of the Super Walmart toward the second half of the trail which really detracts from the hiking experience. The walk was pleasant overall, but it falls short of being an immersive nature trail.

My home trail. It’s a nice, quiet trail with several connecting trails you can use to cut the hike short or make it longer.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect trail for a long meandering in the woods. A few portions of the trail follow a clearing under power lines. Only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Other trails connect to keep you busy for a while.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. It was wide and clear. It was a bit muddy, but we have had lots of rain in the last few days. Not simply a flat trail there are slight elevations, but it is not overly difficult. I would absolutely do this one again.

11 months ago

Standard walk in the woods

horseback riding
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Nice easy trail for a quick ride

Sunday, September 03, 2017

I do the Perimeter Trail on a somewhat regular basis and really enjoy the different areas you go through.

on Perimeter Trail

trail running
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I would rate this trail between easy and moderate, but on the easier side. Its nice and wide most of the way and not nearly as rocky and rooty as other trails. I started at the Lake picnic area, took Blue Dome to Red Perimeter and stayed on that all the way back to the car. Just over four miles took less than an hr running with the dog. Plenty of little creaks for pups to drink from/play in. There were other people on the trail, but not enough to call it crowed by any means. I will be back and probably run it twice without the dog.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Easy 4.5 miles fun ride!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Awesome trails, made our pup happy! Lots of Horses.

walking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Went Sunday interesting and pretty maybe moderate for some

nature trips
Saturday, June 24, 2017

great walk, not a hike but very beautiful walk.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Perimeter trails are often not the most scenic or rewarding because you're basically hiking the outer boundaries of the park w/ occasional views of nearby houses, roads, power lines, etc. Bowie is one of the nicest and most unspoiled parks in middle Tennessee. The park's perimeter trail, although really nice, is my least favorite, but there are so many adjoining interior trails that you can incorporate them into the perimeter route for a much more scenic tour.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

This is an easy trail for beginners or families. Trail is wide and not a lot of cross trails. Only trail markings are at the beginning and the few cross trails. Nice quiet area that has a few houses and farms around it.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

This is an easy hike for the entire family ( & fur babies). This is a good trail for running and an afternoon stroll with the family. I wouldn't rate this as moderate but a good weekend trail to visit with others.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

Hiked this and only passed a couple people. Really want to bike this next time. was a wide trail great for all types.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Easy trail, you can bring the whole family.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Easy and customizable (lots of trails that connect to others)! Medium traffic

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Very nice. We met a ranger who was very friendly and informative

backpacking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

The trail itself is great for hiking and running. I try to hike the premier trail 2 times a week. If you start from the parking area by Shelter 1 and enter the trail at shelter 2 you will have 2 very significant inclines. At the 2.5 mile mark just past the creek crossing you will start a 3/4 incline in elevation a few places steep mostly just long. Then at the end of the trail about 100 yards very steep to the top. Fast hiking, trail is an old fire road.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

love the park.

walking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Trail is in great shape (except for the occasional horse piles) and just beautiful. Lots of big fish (bass and panfish) in the lakes including what looked like a monster goldfish in Upper Lake. We'll be back again to see if we can tackle the perimeter trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easy trail. Saw 15 people, 3 horses, 2 dogs, 1 deer, about 40 cows, 3 turtles, and a couple dozen geese. If you want an easy trail, this is it.

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

Very nice trails. Loved seeing horses but watch your step.

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

This trail is perfect for anyone looking for an easy but longer hike. Mostly flat, with a few small inclines. Nice for walks with dogs, and plenty of places for a creek side drink for the pooches. Went on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and we only passed about 10 (if that) other hikers the whole time! Connects to all the other trails, so you can change up your route, which is always nice. Will be back, despite the 40 min drive from Nashville!

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

This trail was a lot of fun. Very scenic and our kids enjoyed passing the horseback trail riders occasionally.

Friday, November 27, 2015

It was really well maintained and very easy casual stroll through the woods. It made for a lovely post thanksgiving leftover hike.

walking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Great place for a short hike in a beautiful wooded setting not far from Nashville Tn

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